Finding Government Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses
Small businesses in every industry can potentially expand their markets by selling their products or services to government agencies. Finding government contracting opportunities for small businesses doesn’t have to be a confusing experience.
Where to Start
The official starting point for all contracts valued at more than $25,000 is www.beta.sam.gov. Anyone interested in doing business with the federal government can use this system to research active opportunities.
This new website is currently undergoing upgrades as more resources are consolidated into this one location. However, entrepreneurs in Wyoming can find everything they need to search for the right opportunities for their business. Each contract opportunity found on the beta website provides the following information:
- Original contract announcements and updates
- Related attachments or external links
- Instructions on how to submit a response, offer or proposal
- The date on which responses are due
- And more
Other items listed on beta.sam.gov include presolicitation, award and sole source notices. You can also earn about upcoming small business events and vendor collaborations. You do need to create a user account if you want to use features such as saving searches or following notices.
Help is Available
If you would like assistance finding government contracting opportunities for small businesses, a webinar titled “Navigating and Using beta.sam” is open to Wyoming residents at no cost and is a great chance for you to familiarize yourself with the new look, functions and registration process . You can also reach out to your local advisor for no-cost, confidential assistance by clicking here.
About the Author: Andi is the program manager for the Wyoming PTAC and enjoys helping business owners navigate the “bureaucratic quagmire” so that they can register and find government work. She has a background working for large Primes within the Department of Defense and is a former Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve. When she isn’t busy helping small businesses work with the government, Andi enjoys training young horses.